Horn in the West
BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR THEATER PREFORMED SINCE 1952
Loved by young and old alike, the Horn in the West outdoor drama is located in the heart of Boone, North Carolina in one of the most beautiful outdoor theaters in the country. This adventure, from our nation’s heritage, has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment for generations of American’s since the show first premiered in 1952.
Horn in the West is the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama that brings to life one of the most famous frontiersmen of history, Daniel Boone, and the hearty mountain settlers in their struggle to preserve their own freedom during the years of the War for Indepenence. The drama highlights the settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and an escape from British tyranny. Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a prominent British physician, comes to the Carolina Colony to study the dreaded smallpox disease bringing with him his wife Martha and their teenage son, Jack. In May of 1771, a band of colonists who call themselves “Regulators” take up arms against the British authorities. After being soundly defeated at the Battle of Alamance, the band of rebels is captured along with Jack Stuart who found alongside them. Dr. Stuart must find a way to rescue his son and save his family name. Through hardship and danger, house-raising and romance, the ties that bind the Stuart Family together with the small pioneer community grow. Dr. Stuart, struggling with the pride of his loyalist feelings and his dreams of returning to England finds himself the leader of the diverse mountain community. The doctor’s aid and expertise lead to a friendship between the settlers and the Cherokee Native Americans, while the British attempt to urge the Cherokee to wage war against the settlers. Dr. Stuart’s aid among the native people leads to an understanding between the tribe and the villagers and with the help of Nane’hi, daughter of a Cherokee chief and Daniel Boone, the mountain settlement remains free. Dr. Stuart must choose between the love of a son and his loyalty to England and ultimately joins his son and neighbors on the long trek to King’s Mountain. There, they meet with the destiny that forged the future of a nation.
Hickory Ridge Homestead
SAHA’s Hickory Ridge Homestead is a living history museum located on the grounds of “Horn in the West.” The museum is an 18th Century museum highlighting the daily lives of our American ancestors. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to take a special look into their own past as experienced interpreters dressed in period clothing explain early pioneer life and culture. Regular demonstrations are offered in weaving and hearthside cooking as well as craft demonstrations. Visitors can experience weaving on a 180-year-old loom, spinning wool into yarn or any of a number of hands-on activities presented daily.
Created in 1980, the Hickory Ridge Homestead museum is dedicated to furthering the visitor’s imagination and understanding about the life of the settlers in the “Horn in the West” drama. Workshops offered include candlemaking, corn husk dolls, primitive life skills and hearth cooking.
Also located at Horn in the West is the Hickory Ridge Homestead Gift Shop where visitors may purchase gifts and souvenirs including shirts, baskets and stuffed animals.
Just as more than 7,000 students do each year, Hickory Ridge Homestead invites you to step back into the pat and learn about everyday life on an early American mountain homestead. Hickory Ridge Homestead Living History Museum offers a variety of educational programs that focus on the settlement period between 1785 and 1805 when the settlers in the region had to grow, create and trade for life necessities. The educational programs include the general tour of the Living History Museum, children’s craft workshops, the live-in program, summer day camps, and Early American Skills Workshops. In the General Tour, kids of all ages explore the historic buildings on the grounds including the Tatum Cabin built in 1785 and learning the ways early settlers lived and survived. Optional craft workshops are available for pre-arranged groups. During the summer, children’s day camps are offered for children aged 5-13 including frontier camps, naturalist camps, and Early American Skills workshops on scheduled Saturdays. All of the programs stress the inter-related nature of the early settlers with nature, allowing participants to see and experience the self-sufficiency of these people who made their homes in this region.
The Southern Appalachian Historical Association (S.A.H.A) produces the Horn in the West and the Hickory Ridge Homestead. S.A.H.A. is a nonprofit member organization dedicated to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian Region. It is supported by the Town of Boone and more than 1,000 local businesses in various ways. S.A.H.A. is responsible for the continuation of the Horn in the West, Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum and related productions and events.
Hours and Admission
The 2014 season of “Horn in the West” runs from Friday, June 27 through Saturday, Aug. 16, Tuesday through Sunday. Gates open at 7:30pm and showtime is at 8pm Tickets are on sale for pre-order starting in February.
The Hickory Ridge Museum is open most Saturday mornings from May through October and Tuesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 7:30pm from June 27 through Aug. 16.
Horn in the West and the Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum are located on the same property near the center of Boone on Horn in the West Drive.
For ticket information, call 828-264-2120 or click here to order tickets in advance.